The logo for Donald Trump’s new Space Force appears to have boldly gone where Star Trek has been before.
The branding was mocked soon after being revealed by the US President for its uncanny likeness to that used in the sci-fi series.
Unveiling the insignia, Trump tweeted: “After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military.”
The emblem, a dead ringer for Starfleet Command’s United Federation of Planets, raised eyebrows of Star Trek actors and fans.
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Actors George Takei, 82, and William Shatner, 88, responded to the grand reveal by asking about copyright and possible royalties.
Mr Sulu actor Takei wrote online: “Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this…”
William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk, tweeted: “Why aren’t you asking if they are going to file suit for copyright infringement?”
Others insisted the logo had been inspired by the US Air Force.
Twitter users said Star Trek actually copied Nasa’s own design.
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A US Space Force spokesman said: “The delta symbol, the central design element in the seal, was used as early as 1942 by the US Army Air Forces and was used in early Air Force space organisation emblems dating back to 1961.
“Since then, the delta symbol has been a prominent feature in military space community emblems.”
The controversy comes amid mockery over news that Space Force troops will wear woodland camouflage uniforms to help them hide from enemies in space.
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